Seven CAA Member Agencies Included In IIABA's 2012 Best Practices Study: CAA Members Make Up 33% Of The Agencies Selected In Texas

Sep 28, 2012, 14:06 ET from Combined Agents of America, LLC

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Combined Agents of America, LLC (CAA) announced seven of its member agencies have retained its status as part of an elite group of independent insurance agencies around the United States participating in the independent insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big "I") 2012 "Best Practices" Study Group. The selected "Best Practices" agencies retain their status during the three-year cycle by submitting extensive financial and operational data for review each year to IIABA and Reagan Consulting, an Atlanta-based management-consulting firm. With members based in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, CAA is a managing general agency (MGA) committed to strengthening the independent insurance agency system through profitable growth and exceptional service for its member agencies. 


"We at CAA are extremely proud of all our CAA member agencies that earned this prestigious distinction! Further we are honored that our membership contributed a third of the agencies selected as best practices agencies in Texas," says Roger Luttrell, CIC, President of CAA and President of Benton-Luttrell-Brown, headquartered in Van Alstyne, Texas with another office in Sherman, Texas.

Additionally, two CAA members earned the high distinction by being included as one of the six "Top Performing Agencies" in the nation in 2011. Bigham Kliewer Chapman Watts, Killeen, Texas, was awarded as the Best Practices Top Performer for the revenue category of between $5 and $10 million. Bridges Group Inc., Norton, Kansas, was ranked as number one in its revenue category of between $1.25 million to $2.5 million.

CAA 2012 Best Practice Agencies include:

Barnard Insurance Agency LLP, Wichita Falls, Texas
Bigham Kliewer Chapman & Watts, Killeen, Texas
Bridges Group, Inc., Norton, Kansas
Duncan, Fraser & Bridges Insurance Agency, Inc., Pampa, Texas
Ed Berrong Insurance Agency, Weatherford, Oklahoma
Edmond, Deaton & Stephens Insurance Agency, Inc., Amarillo, Texas
Pierson & Fendley Insurance Agency, LLC, Paris, Texas
Weatherby-Eisenrich Insurance Agency, Andrews, Texas

Barnard Insurance Agency LLP, Wichita Falls, has serviced the communities of Texoma with prompt attention to detail for both personal and commercial insurance needs since 1930. The agency also has an office in Dallas. URL:

BKCW Insurance Agency, Killeen, Texas, offers a full line of personal and business insurance products, alongside other financial services since 1952. The agency has producers located in Killeen, Austin, San Antonio and the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  URL:

The Bridges Group, Inc., Norton, Kansas, has been serving northwest Kansas for over a century as an insurance specialist since 1894. Although it is a full-lines insurance agency, it is an Agri-Business insurance leader in its marketing area. The agency has offices in Norton, Hill City and Winona. URL:

Duncan, Fraser & Bridges Insurance Agency, Inc., Pampa, Texas, has served north Texas since 1925.  While representing over 200 insurance companies, the agency offers a full range of insurance products. The agency has offices in Amarillo, Pampa and Borger. URL:

Ed Berrong Insurance Agency, Weatherford, Oklahoma, provides customers in over 18 states with a full line of insurance products, while specializing in oil and gas since 1948.   URL:

Edmond, Deaton & Stephens Insurance Agency Inc., Amarillo, Texas, was purchased by CAA member agency Duncan, Fraser and Bridges in 2006. The agency serves the Panhandle of Texas with a full line of insurance products. The agency has offices in Amarillo, Pampa and Borger. URL:

Pierson & Fendley Insurance Agency has been providing residents of Paris, Texas and its surrounding areas with both personal and business insurance since 1935. URL:

The Weatherby-Eisenrich Insurance, Andrews, Texas, is a full service insurance agency with two other locations in Granbury, Texas and in Odessa, Texas, under the agency name Edgmon-Eisenrich Insurance. URL:

The Best Practices Study was initiated by IIABA in 1993 as the foundation for efforts to improve agency performance.  Every three years, IIABA collaborates with Reagan Consulting to select "Best Practices" firms throughout the nation for outstanding management and financial achievement in six revenue categories (under $1,250,000; $1,250,000 to $2,500,000; $2,500,000 to $5,000,000; $5,000,000 to $10,000,000; $10,000,000 to $25,000,000; and over $25,000,000). This year concludes the current three-year cycle in which more than 1,200 independent agencies throughout the U.S. were nominated to participate. Only 224 agencies, the top scoring agencies in each of six revenue groups, qualified for selection.

About Combined Agents of America, LLC
Founded in 1997, Combined Agents of America, LLC (CAA) is based in Austin, Texas, and is comprised of 47 independent insurance agencies located throughout Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. By funneling the agencies' combined premiums, CAA brings larger volume commitments to insurance companies, while empowering its members to realize greater benefits from insurance companies, vendor discounts and other incentives. In 2011, CAA generated more than $505.8 million in annual premiums, and currently works with 18 of the largest US insurance companies. CAA experienced more than 20.5% growth in written insurance premium in 2011, compared to the $419.9 million it wrote in 2010. All CAA member agencies remain independent and are recognized by insurance companies as a key component to their future growth and goal commitments. Additional information is available at

CAA member agencies include: Aars & Nelson Insurance Agency, Barnard Insurance Agency, Bartlett, Baggett & Shands, Benchmark Insurance Group, Benton-Luttrell-Brown Company, Bigham-Kliewer-Chapman-Watts Insurance Agency, Bibby-Brilling & Associates, BRIA Insurance & Risk Consultants, Bridges Group Inc., Bosworth & Associates, Bryan Insurance Agency Ltd., Brownrigg Insurance Agency Inc., Cravens-Warren & Co., Crockett Insurance Service, Duncan-Fraser & Bridges Insurance Agency Inc., Ed Berrong Insurance Agency, Ed Weeren Insurance Agency Inc., EFGI Insurance & Bonds LLC, Elliott Insurance Group, Evans-Ewan & Brady Insurance Agency Inc., First Insurance Services, First Texas Insurance Services LC, Henry Norris Insurance Agency, Inc., HC&H Insurance Group, Garrett Insurance Agency, Inc., GBS Insurance Agency Inc., Grona Boles Martin & Bloxsom Insurance, Hill County Insurance Agency, Insurance Associates of Texas, Insurance Net Inc., JHC Insurance Agency Inc., J. S. Edwards & Sherlock Insurance Agency, McCorkle Commercial Insurance Agency, Mims & Smith, Mr. Insurance Agency, Inc., NTX Insurance Group, Inc., Pierson-Fendley Insurance, Pinnacle Insurance Group Inc., Porter Insurance Agency Inc., Purifoy & Company, The Shropshire Agency Inc., Siegeler Insurance Agency, Inc., Walthall-Sachse & Pipes, Inc., The Weatherby-Eisenrich Inc., Wellmann Insurance Agency, Inc., Western Insurance Agency, and Whorton Insurance Services.


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